Mindfulness

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Dreamin’ Tree

With all the static in the room and lots of people talking, I overheard it: “I’ll never be right again. I want my old self back.” I hear this a lot. In real conversations, or something I’ve read. People look for a way to feel well, or unencumbered from a…

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Rock Solid (and Fragile) Foundation

Have you ever heard the story of The Three Bricklayers? I hadn’t—until recently: A man came upon a construction site where three people were working. He asked the first, “What are you doing?” and the man replied: “I am laying bricks.” He asked the second, “What are you doing?” and…

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Enchanting Mangrove Forest

Whenever I feel encumbered with too many “things” and am looking for something to brighten my mood, I hit the trails! I’m lucky that it’s sweet and effortless, as some of South Florida’s best hiking is right in front of me. The most interesting trail has to be the enchanting…

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New Year Fresh Start

This time of year it gets crazy busy where I live. It’s South Florida, so there are LOTS of holiday visitors and many snow birds. Restaurants are packed and there are wait lines for tables. Today didn’t feel like the right day to go anywhere but straight in the midst…

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Venture Forth Confidently Into the Future

Some people are good at math and know it like their own skin. They memorize theories and can solve problems in seconds. If you open any math book, you feel the writer’s love of numbers and it’s as if they have their own language. I had no idea the degree…

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Daily Bread And A Bit O’ Butter

I remember the days when I would fall asleep in the backseat of the car at the end of a fun-packed day at the amusement park. Dad’s hands on the 10 and 2 of the steering wheel. Such fun times and beautiful memories of being driven around without a care…

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The Real Deal

Whenever I hop on a plane and leave South Florida, something happens when I arrive at my new and exciting destination. I see them. They’re everywhere! I call them REAL DEALS. They are people who age naturally with ease and grace. In Denver, Vancouver, or many other places I’ve traveled,…

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Did you see the moon the weekend of November 13-14?! It was a larger than average “supermoon” and the closest full moon in 68 years, as well as the largest full moon in 86 years. Complete goose bumps! There will be another supermoon again on December 14, but not as…

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Lead With Your he(ART)

Post election results are stirring up deep emotions, strong feelings and large protests in certain parts of the country. Such a close, hard-fought race. There are many disappointed Americans who were counting on a different result. It’s understandable. Unwillingness to accept election results is a real thing. I think it’ll…

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Hands

I grew up in an Italian family where children’s faces in their mother’s palms and big hugs with huge pats on the back were an everyday thing. Talking with your hands, biceps squeezes or forearm taps were appropriate and normal. No one was afraid. It was a display of warmth,…

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World Obesity Day

I thought after a while it would just go away. That I wouldn’t think about it anymore. Out of sight out of mind, right? It doesn’t always work that way. I have memories of waking up as a child to the scent of toasted English Muffins wafting into my bedroom…

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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Lately I’ve been drawn back to the late ’60s: songs, movies, inspiration. These pop culture years from 1967–1969 keep popping up throughout my days as either a wistful thought or nostalgic feeling. Maybe they’re accidental, or perhaps on purpose—I’m not sure which—but these happy memories follow me. I was 6-YO…

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Smarter Every Day

Destin Sandlin has been educating and entertaining us with his intriguing Smarter Everyday videos that explore the world through science and makes learning fun for all ages. He’s an engineer who loves space too, so that’s a win-win for me. 🙂 My favorite Smarter Everyday video is Mystery of Prince…

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True Grit

It’s best to learn this sooner than later and you’ll be a healthier, happier human being: Be your own personal trainer. Ultimately the ball is in your court no matter how many gyms you join or trainers you hire. You don’t need a gym or a class to be in…

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Stay Positive While Going Negative

Staying on a healthy track, meaning nutritious diet and regular exercise, takes serious focus and mental strength. You’ve got to be able to step outside your comfort zone—especially if your goal is to lose weight. A friend recently inspired me to get back to my fighting weight from one of…

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A Round Table

It could be now that I’m older I notice it more, but it seems that politeness is taking a dive. People appear to be so busy sometimes that simple manners seem to fly out the door when walking about. Perhaps the reason I am so observant of this is two…

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Attitude and Effort

Last week when I was on one of my afternoon walks, I saw a peacock. For real. I never see peacocks! Peacocks are so majestic and colorful and will stop you in your tracks with their amazing hues. In many cultures they symbolize renewal, benevolence, immortality, royalty and luck. Peacocks…

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Get Happiness From Within

People look everywhere for their happiness. They continually search and think they’ll find it somewhere else, but it’s SO right there where they can touch it… in their own hearts. I always say, if you wake up in the morning and you’re breathing, walking, you can hear and see, and…

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Tree Houses and Rose Gardens

Kristen and I are constantly wanting to slow down Summer since we absolutely love this precious time of year. Lately during our weekly website meetings, the first topic has consistently been Summer! And could it just please last forever… ?  Less paperwork, more family days  Less jackets, more sunshine’s rays …

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Stickability

I feel I have a responsibility to make the world a better place. I’ve thought it through, and believe Celiac was placed in my life to help others. I want to see people change their lives for the better, as I truly believe we need to be well and inspired…

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Bloom Where You’re Planted

I rarely mention where I’m from. My formative years were spent in two places: Smithtown, New York and Satellite Beach, Florida. Smithtown is a town on the North Shore of Long Island, and anyone from Long Island knows it’s sorta cult-like. People from there have an instant connection with each…

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Role Models of Kindness

I’m impressed by magnetism, intelligence, strength, work ethic, and adventurers. I also greatly admire people with fortitude, stick-to-it-ness, and focus. I aspire to imitate those who display grace and dignity naturally, and with ease. These are my role models. I am stirred by the people that do the minutiae behind…

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Turn on Your Heartlight

I’ve always loved space… and music. Classic rock especially. But I did not know that Brian May from Queen is an Astrophysicist until recently! He is highly educated and has a PhD in astronomy, returning to his thesis and love of science after he abandoned it around 36 years ago…

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We Are The Champions

We Are The Champions by Queen has always been a favorite of mine. When I was younger, I naively thought Queen was kind of boasting a little. “Look! We’re the best!” I thought that was the reason sports teams used the song as their anthem—to intimidate their opponent by bragging how…

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Perspective is Everything

Idealist. Realist. Optimist. By now you probably know that I’m always putting my efforts into being optimistic. I like to see the sunny side of EV-ER-Y-THING. Last week I went on a liveaboard boat trip to the Bahamas, aka paradise, with two dear friends and 5 others whom I didn’t…

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Sometimes I Say Yes

Trending recently has been to just say YES Please! Amy Poehler and Shonda Rhimes are all about it, and both have fairly new books out on the subject. But sometimes you can’t—or shouldn’t—say yes. There’s too many plates spinning, or life is messy. People are counting on us. We can’t…

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I Crave Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  —Leonardo DaVinci   I crave simplicity. The concept behind it is so attractive to me. One of the best people I’ve ever met explained to me that they live life BEST when things are SIMPLE. When their phone isn’t buzzing and things aren’t flashing. I like…